Article Archive

Obama’s State Secrets Overreach

This administration has stretched the questionable legal provision beyond the breaking point, dismissing private suits.

April 9, 2015

The Neoconservative Cursus Honorum

The warmongering right has carefully built a network of credentialing institutions that secure it outsized influence.

March 24, 2015

How Governments Twist Terrorism

States craft terror definitions and designations to absolve themselves and satisfy their constituencies.

March 11, 2015

The NSA Escapes Scrutiny

With Republicans now ruling Congress, any momentum for surveillance state reform has been lost.

February 26, 2015

Paranoia Strikes U.S. Intelligence

The drive to “do something” pushes the NSC and FBI to take extreme responses to Charlie Hebdo.

February 20, 2015

Obama’s War on Leaks Skirts the Constitution

Convicted under the kangaroo court conditions of the Espionage Act, Jeffrey Sterling never had a chance.

February 12, 2015

Finding the Foreign Agents

In monitoring the activities of foreign organizations, the DOJ often gives powerful political lobbies a pass.

January 30, 2015

What Makes a Whistleblower?

Edward Snowden’s actions brought him accusations of treason, and a life of exile.

January 14, 2015

Why Spies and Analysts Shouldn’t Mingle

Working closely together encourages tunnel vision and groupthink.

January 1, 2015

What the Torture Report Is Missing

The Senate’s investigation may only be the tip of the iceberg.

December 15, 2014

Don’t Risk War With Russia

Washington rushes to court open conflict with Moscow against every rational interest.

December 9, 2014

The High Cost of Empire Maintenance

Every year, congressional delegations and government officials rack up millions of dollars worth of publicly funded distractions abroad.

November 25, 2014

The CIA Won the Midterms

Incoming intel committee chair Richard Burr will end any hope of holding out of control spy agencies accountable.

November 13, 2014

How to Stop Ebola at the Border

Revoking visas from affected countries can protect the U.S. without isolating nations in need.

October 30, 2014

John McCain’s Terrorists

Telling friends from enemies in Iraq and Syria is largely a matter of guesswork.

October 23, 2014

The War on iPhone Privacy

The government has cried wolf too many times to be trusted with backdoors into our cell phones.

October 14, 2014

The CIA Spy Ban Is for Show

Keeping tabs on Turkey alone is justification enough for Langley to relax its new rules on targeting Europe.

October 2, 2014

Obama’s Failed Foreign Policy Change

A new administration only gave interventionism a confused, humanitarian face-lift.

September 18, 2014

Does the CIA Believe Obama?

Intelligence pros are far more skeptical of government claims than their bosses let on.

September 5, 2014

Israel’s Information Ops

When Tel Aviv goes to war, universities and activists are organized to beat back the bad news.

August 20, 2014